LARNED — Leonard A. Finger, 93, passed away Oct. 15, 2015, at his home in Larned. Born Aug. 1, 1922, in Odin, he was the son of Francis J. and Clara C. Demel Finger. A lifetime area resident, he was an irrigation farmer and a ewe flock producer. On May 11, 1948, he married Agnes Ann Vondracek, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Timken, in a double wedding ceremony with his brother Marvin Finger and Agnes’s cousin Helen Pechanec.
At the age of 7 Leonard moved with his parents to a farm north of Larned. He attended his first two grades of school in Barton County and then completed his grade school education at the Gem country school. He graduated from Larned High School in 1939. After his high school years he farmed with his father doing custom silo filling and hay baling.
Mr. Finger was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, was a Eucharistic Minister, served on the church finance committee and also the education commission; he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a former director of the Kansas Soybean Association, and a Livestock leader for the Tiny Toilers 4-H Club.
Survivors include, his wife of 67 years, Agnes Finger of Larned; three sons, Mark and wife Jonnie, of Lawrence, Greg and wife Deanna, of Belpre and Tom and wife Connie, of Augusta; four daughters, Mary Ellen and husband David Vickery, of Cold Spring, N.Y., Margaret and husband Lee Scheufler, of Sterling, Susan Latimore of Larned, and Julie and husband Scott Borchardt, of Walpole, Mass; a brother, Francis Finger and wife Donna, of Fayetteville, Ark.; three sisters, Carolyn and husband Gilbert Urban, of Salina, Catherine and husband Charles Kuhlman, of Trumbull, Neb., and Mary Lou Wheeler of Hesston; sister-in-law Helen Finger of Rozel; 19 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Finger; two sisters, Mildred Phillips and Dorothy Cavenah; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Finger; and a grandson, Garrett Finger.
Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Warren Stecklein officiating. Vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Larned Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, or the Pawnee County 4-H Foundation, both in care of the funeral home. Personal condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com.
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P.O. Box 477; 916 Main
Larned, KS 67550
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 18, 2015